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Feb 11, 2011 12:39 AM

ISO Chinese restaurant I can bring my own fish:

I am looking to see if this is a feasible option:
I am really craving this Eel dish I had in Hong Kong. It is in a steamed, leaf lined basket with eel, cut in thick pieces, in a plum sauce. I was hoping that if I brought a fresh eel into a restaurant that already made steamed baskets like this (Taishan Cafe on Clement?) that for a price (and contacting them ahead of time of course), they might be able to make this dish. I have no idea how to make the dish let alone prep an eel.
Does this sound like something that might work?

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  1. You can ask or ask them if they can get the eel and prepare it for you.
    The worst that can happen is they will say no.
    I frequented a Chinese restaurant and would bring in fresh cleaned fish I'd caught that day and they'd cook it for me and I'd give them half. It was a minimal charge to prepare it. But, I was a regular customer there.

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    1. re: monku

      I should just ask the folks at Taishan. They are really nice to me there. I just don't want to offend anyone by asking for a preparation that isn't on their menu.

      Taishan Cafe
      4401 Cabrillo St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      1. re: kairo

        I doubt that they'd be offended. Be sure to ask how much they'd charge you.

    2. Taishan has eel on the menu, so maybe you could just describe the dish.

      Taishan Cafe
      4401 Cabrillo St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        They have eel, but it is the skinny tiny little eels. (Which is another question; Where do they get those? I can't imagine they are fresh) The eel i'm wanting is the full sized eel, that would be turned into unagi at a sushi joint, but in this case is cut across the bone, so that you have the spine in the middle of the circle. Lers Ros serves this kind.

      2. Silver House in San Mateo allows BYO fish.

        Silver House
        2224 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

        1. Best Taste in Oakland Chinatown cooked a striped bass caught by Uncle Brian's nephew, but Uncle B & Auntie G are regulars living across the street. There were 7 in our group so lots of other dishes were ordered.

          Best Taste Restaurant
          814 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

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          1. re: Stephanie Wong

            You would have a more difficult time compiling a list of Chinese restaurants that would NOT allow you to bring your own fish.

            Most charge $8-10 for preparation & cooking. So far I've had 100% success in bringing my own fish, most recently at Grand Palace in SSF; Hakka, KL, and Golden River in SF's Richmond District; and a couple in Oakland Chinatown (forgot the names).

            Golden River
            5827 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121